The Red Clay Valley Clean Up effort will be held on Saturday, March 23, beginning at 8 a.m.

Looking to get a little dirty for an afternoon? Then volunteer for the Red Clay Valley Clean Up effort, which will be held on Saturday, March 23, beginning at 8 a.m.

For the past 24 years, The Red Clay Valley Association, along with The Delaware Nature Society, has orchestrated this rite of spring. It is a perfect opportunity for volunteers to come out and pick up the trash and debris from our local roads and streams. This year's clean up encompasses nearly 50 miles of streams and roads in the Red Clay Watershed.

Last year over 670 volunteers collected 11 tons of trash. Since the clean up's inception, over 306 tons of litter has been removed from local roadways.

"Volunteers work hard but most also consider it great fun and an opportunity for family and neighbors to get together," said Jim Jordan, chair of the Red Clay Clean Up project.

The cleanup begins at 8 a.m., when volunteers assemble in Hockessin at the Ashland Nature Center, or in Kennett Square, Pa., at Anson B. Nixon Park or Kennett Area YMCA's Outdoor Pool. Volunteers are asked to arrive promptly for gloves, bags, t-shirts and road assignments.

For more information, go to or call Red Clay Valley Association at (610) 793-1090 or Delaware Nature Society at 239-2334.

This event is made possible due to a number of generous sponsors: Wild Birds Unlimited, Mt. Cuba Center, WSFS, United Water Delaware, Phillips Mushrooms, Wawa, Exelon, Red Clay Scenic Byway Alliance, Kennett Area Park Authority, Starbucks Coffee Company, and Delaware State Sen. Greg Lavelle.